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Not Everyone is Ready to Jump Into Real Estate Investing
Many people understand the benefits of real estate investing (which I've highlighted here), but with all the easy avenues for investing in the stock market, investing in real estate is somehow still thought of as a game only for the rich. With stocks, while there are many rules and regulations which govern them, people can simply have money withheld from their paycheck to be deposited into their 401k or 403b. The most work they will do on the management side of their stocks is choosing which funds to initially invest in, and maybe doing a once-a-year review. Prospectus? 10-Q? That's for the fund manager to worry about, they say.
And while most people over 25 know that the stock market won't continue it's upward climb forever, many are overly cautious about getting into real estate investing. There seems to be a desire to get involved, but many people don't know where to begin. And some people shouldn't begin investing until they get their financial house in order.
John (not his real name) came into my office yesterday. We were meeting to discuss how he could begin investing in real estate. John is the living epitome of Eeyore. That dark rain cloud seems to follow him ... more
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